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Hermitage Ensemble - Russian Singers
Mon 13 March 2017, 20:00 – 22:00 GMT
The superlative Russian Orthodox Choir, The Hermitage Ensemble, was formed in St Petersburg in 1997 to keep alive the great traditions of Russian sacred music and folksong. Members of the Ensemble are chosen from amongst the finest soloists in St. Petersburg including members of the Kirov Opera, Maly Opera Theatre and St. Petersburg Concert. Each singer has a passionate commitment to Russian music, but also an extensive repertoire that includes music written by the great classical composers of Western Europe.
Their concert will include compositions and liturgical settings from the Eastern Church written within the last 300 years, together with Russian folk songs that display a range of emotions and, with their rhythms and melodies, convey all that is characteristic of the great ‘Russian Soul’.
THIS CHOIR'S CONCERTS FREQUENTLY SELL OUT.
EARLY BOOKING IS ADVISED!
Russian Orthodox Church Music and Famous Russian choral works (a capella old Church Slavonic)
1. Concert №15 - Dimitry Bortnjansky
2. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the
beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end ( Slava...Jedinorodnj sine)- music by Dmitry Bortnjansky
3. Praise The Lord, O My Soul ( Blagoslovi, dusha moja, Gospoda) - Michael Ippolitov- Ivanov
4. To the mystic feast, Son of God, invite me as a guest (Vecheri tvoeja tainija) - Alexei Lvov
5. From above the prophets foretold Thee (Svyshe prorocy) – music by M.A.Balakirev
6. Hail Mary \ Rejoice, O Virgin from " All- Night Vigil", op. - 37 (Bogoroditse, Devo, raduisya) - Sergey Rachmaninov (1873- 1943)
7.In Thy Kingdom (Vo zarstvii tvoem)- music by Dobri Xristov
8. "Lord save the Faithful" and the Trisagion music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
9. Blessed is the Man ( Blazhen muzh)- composer Pavel Grigor'yevich Chesnokov
10. It is Truly Meet (Dostojno est)- Nikolay Golovanov
11. The Eternal council ( Sovet prevechnij) - Music by Pavel Chesnokov
12. The Lord's Prayer ( Otche nash)- music by Piotr Tchaikovsky
13.The Repentant Thief (Pazboinika blagorozymnogo) - Aleksandr Sergeevich Taneev
14. Confirm, O God, the Holy Orthodox Faith (Utverdi Boze)- M. Kosolapov
15. Many years
Russian Folk Songs (a cappella Russian)
Russian folk songs have always played an essential part in Russian life, culture, and music. They have played an important part in the work of many great Russian composers including Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Prokoviev, and Stravinsky. If provides a historical survey and a description of the musical and poetic characteristics of Russian folk song, the songs themselves are classified into several categories: calendar songs, lyric songs, work songs, epic songs, historical songs, and the urban songs that emerged in the 18th and 19th centuries.
1. Cossack- The Kazak's song
2. In the dark woods (V temnom lese)
3. Coachman (Step da step krugom)
4. Volga boatsong
5. Along the Piterskaia Street
6. Wide, wide steppe (Steppe is a Russian word that means wide open space, a prairie) (Ax, ti step’ shirokaja)
7. Those Evening Bells (Vecherny zvon)
8. Song of old Bursha (music by Michael Ippolitov- Ivanov)
9. A lonely bell’s ringing (Odnozvuchno gremit kolokol’chik)
10. Folk Accordion (Town of Tula was famous for this instrument) /Tyl’skaja garmon’/
11. Midnight in Moscow - music by V.Solovjov-Sedoj
Thank you for your support. The programme can be changed. We apologise if tonight’s programme varies from the above list. All items will be introduced in English.
Sample Music from Hermitage Ensemble
Russian folk song: Twelve Robbers
(Dvenadzat Razboinikov) There was a robber Kudeyar who was a leader of a gang and through his misdeeds brought much evil to the people. But later he repented and left for a monastery. He became a monk. We hear this songs as a legend from an old monk and learn at the end that the singer himself used to be Kudeyar.
The Eternal council
Pavel Tschesnokov solo by countertenor
Ukrainian song - Bandura
Song of old Bursha
(music by Michael Ippolitov-Ivanov) solo by bassoprofundo.
Russian folk song: Those Evening Bells
(Vecherny Zvon) - words by Thomas Moore. Youth comes to an end, and then life comes to an end. Only bells can be heard as before.
O Sole Mio-Di Capua
Russian Orthodox music 1
Russian Orthodox music 2
Russian Orthodox music 3
Magnification of Epiphany
Serbian chant - solo by countertenor